Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship Programme 2017

Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship Programme 2017

Deadline: September 26, 2016

Each year, PhD supervisors from academic institutions in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) are invited to submit their proposals for collaborative research projects with Microsoft Research Cambridge. Applications are then peer reviewed and approximately 20 projects are selected for funding. PhD students are appointed to the selected projects and begin their research in the following academic year under the supervision of their academic supervisor, with co-supervision from a researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge.

The Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship Programme in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) was launched in 2004 and has so far supported more than 200 PhD students from more than 18 countries and 51 institutions. During the course of their PhD, Scholars are invited to Microsoft Research in Cambridge for a PhD Summer School that includes a series of talks of academic interest and posters sessions, which provides the Scholars the opportunity to present their work to Microsoft researchers and a number of Cambridge academics.


  • Each Microsoft scholarship consists of an annual bursary up to a maximum of three years. The monetary value of the award varies by country to reflect local differences in costs and overheads;
  • Payment is made directly to the institution. The amount of the scholarship is the maximum amount Microsoft Research pays to the institution;
  • In addition, every Scholar receives a fixed hardware allowance and conference allowance. See more on funding.


  • Applications must not be made by students but by PhD supervisors, who must have been in dialogue with the prospective Microsoft supervisor and jointly collaborated on the proposal prior to the submission deadline;
  • If their project is selected, the supervisor has until March 31, 2018 to find the best possible student for the project; otherwise, the PhD Agreement will be terminated automatically;
  • Only applications from institutions in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa will be considered.

Application Process

  • Access the online application form to submit your research proposals;
  • Applications must be submitted by academic institutions, such as from a PhD supervisor or departmental secretary. Applications from students directly will not be accepted;
  • Applications are on a competitive basis and a high level of demand for scholarships is anticipated (the average selection rate is approximately 20 percent).

For an application to be considered, the following key requirements apply:

  • The institute agrees to the terms and conditions in the MRL Term Sheet and EPSRC Term Sheet where appropriate;
  • The applicant must be in dialogue with the prospective Microsoft supervisor prior to the submission deadline and jointly drafting the proposal;
  • The proposed research must be closely related to the following research topics carried out at Microsoft Research in Cambridge:

For more information, visit PhD Scholarship Programme in EMEA.